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A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany (1995)

by Aubrey Burl

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Just what it says on the box - an excellent reference, whether planning your trip or on the road. Complete with location maps and National Grid references. ( )
  gwernin | Aug 23, 2009 |
Alas that I didn't get to see any of these! How cool is it just to have a guide? The guide is very specific on the circles, locations, etc. If you want to see stone circles on the British Isles, this is certainly a guide that will take you beyond Stone Henge. ( )
  the1butterfly | Jul 29, 2007 |
Another study of megalithic "henge", or Ring sites, in the British Isles by an accomplished archaeologist (and his wife). Includes photographs, calibrated diagrams, and occasionally somewhat indecipherable maps for over five hundred rings. Contains meticulous measure and recordation of the ambient facts of the works -- not just the stones, but proximity to water, cairns, tombs, or alignment on a terrace, or even just its names -- many of the otherwise merely perplexing features become delights. He shows the development of family cairns worked into great community monuments.
The "Guide" may be intended to assist in land navigation since brief descriptions of the Walk are provided. By making physical comparisons possible, Burl does little speculating about why or even how the structures were built. But he includes numerous references to other archeologists, and he does discuss theories of influence. The Breton influence on Stonehenge [84], for example.
  keylawk | Oct 28, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300063318, Paperback)

From Stonehenge to Callanish, from Newgrange to Er-Lannic, great prehistoric stone circles have drawn thousands of admiring visitors to their sites every year. This practical guidebook deals comprehensively with the stone circles of Britain and Ireland and with the cromlechs and megalithic "horseshoes" of Brittany. The book describes over 400 sites and discusses the archaeology and architectural features of each ring. Burl tells the reader how to find a specific site and what to look for, considers problems of dating the remains, points out interrelationships between widely separated sites, explains place-names, and provides stories about legends, witchcraft, and funerals associated with the rings. He also gives suggestions for practical work on site, telling how to deduce the source of the stones, estimate their weight, calculate the number of people involved in the construction of a ring, and investigate the possibility of alignments to the sun and moon. Featuring information, useful maps, and 70 photographs, this is a resource for those interested in the mysteries of the ancient sanctuaries known as stone circles.

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From Stonehenge to Callanish, from Newgrange to Er-Lannic, great prehistoric stone circles have drawn thousands of admiring visitors to their sites every year. This practical and knowledgeable guidebook is the first to deal comprehensively with the stone circles of Britain and Ireland and with the cromlechs and megalithic "horseshoes" of Brittany. Written by Aubrey Burl, the acknowledged authority on these monuments, the book describes over 400 sites and discusses the archaeology and architectural features of each ring. Burl tells the reader how to find a specific site and what to look for, considers problems of dating the remains, points out interrelationships between widely separated sites, explains place-names, and provides stories about legends, witchcraft, and funerals associated with the rings. He also gives suggestions for practical work on site, telling how to deduce the source of the stones, estimate their weight, calculate the number of people involved in the construction of a ring, and investigate the possibility of alignments to the sun and moon. Filled with fascinating information, useful maps, and seventy arresting photographs, this book is an invaluable resource for those interested in the mysteries of the ancient sanctuaries known as stone circles.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300063318, 0300114060

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